Project Engineer - International Assignment, VIE - RES17992

Function: Engineering (R&D, Manuf. Eng.)
Localization: United States - Michigan - Auburn Hills
Contract type: VIE
Publication date: 1st February 2019

Faurecia is an Equal Opportunity Employer


"New trends and expectations are reshaping the automotive industry. Inspired by the exciting new challenges associated with this revolution, Faurecia anticipates the future of mobility developing cutting-edge solutions for smart life on board and sustainable mobility. If you’re willing to contribute and create value for tomorrow’s cleaner and smarter mobility, Faurecia is the place to be.”

Our Faurecia Automotive Seating Business Group – R&D Division is looking for a VIE Project Engineer m/f for its R&D CENTER in Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States.


Please note that applications submitted in French cannot be considered by our non-French speaking teams in our plants worldwide. Only applications submitted in English will be considered.

The Project Engineer is responsible for complete and complex engineering projects. Their perimeter includes integration of all components and subsystems into a complete seat system. This role plans and executes complete development projects from initial design through production launch serialization and post launch support of automotive seating systems ensuring the highest design quality and customer satisfaction.


The main missions of the role are: 

  • Formulates, recommends, and implements as phases of a project to complete it within budget and to meet customer determined project milestones and schedule target dates 
  • Produces designs that are feasible and economical to produce in the manufacturing facilities and processes available
  • Supports achieving the Engineering budget ensuring its application, adherence and timely updates through the Engineering Manager
  • Provides alternative design solutions, analyses, justifications and recommendations at the concept stage, facilitates selection of designs that achieve best possible trade-off of cost, timing, innovation, and performance.
  • Ensures that product designs meet customer specifications / requirements through direct consultation with customer technical personnel
  • Contributes to manufacturing performance and customer service by assisting in the solution production or quality problems associates with the design.
  • Proposes, develops, and implements cost reduction ideas and initiatives
  • Ensures that Design Verification (DV) and Production Verification (PV) engineering and test plans are completed and approved by the customer at the appropriate time
  • Provides information about needs, wants and developments affecting company products and plans by maintaining regular, direct contact with customer technical personnel
  • Supports Sales team with technical data and customer presentation material as needed
  • Ensures that all Bill of Materials are built, released, and updated in PDM (Magellan) as required
  • Works with Program Team to understand and achieve Faurecia financial targets
  • Other duties and special projects assigned 


The length of the VIE is 18 months.


The V.I.E., an international young graduate program, enables young professionals who are less than 28 and European Union nationals to work for a French company in any country of the world. Becoming part of this program means going abroad to carry out a professional assignment for up to 24 months whilst benefiting from social care coverage and an interesting salary which depends on the host country. Business France, the French agency for international business development, is in charge of all the administrative procedures of your assignment. For further information, please visit the following link: and






The ideal candidate will have/be:

  • Master’s degree/Engineering diploma in Mechanical Engineering or related field
  • Fluent in English
  • A first experience as a Project Engineer preferred.
  • Good problem solving skills focused on thorough problem definition, resolution and closure
  • Working knowledge of automotive specific engineering processes (Design to Cost, DFMEA, DFA/DFM, 8-D, 5-Phase, etc.)
  • Knowledge/exposure to seat mechanism design and engineering is a plus
  • Knowledge/exposure to foam, plastic, trim, wiring design and manufacturing is a plus
  • CAD skills and experience are preferred but not required
  • DFSS Green Belt Certification is preferred but not required
  • Good understanding of FEA (Finite Element Analysis) principles
  • Good oral and written communications and presentation skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to the highest ethical standards and willingness to adhere to Faurecia’s Code of Ethics and Code of Management

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